At Hair Transplant & Restoration Center, Dr. Gray has been performing treatments with platelet-rich plasma for several years. Always concerned with getting the best possible results for his patients, he now offers a type of PRP that is rarely found in PRP centers across the country. Using a 5x concentration of PRP, multiple state-of-the-art centrifuges, ACell healing support, sonication to release growth factors, and a strategic schedule of treatments, Dr. Gray has achieved exciting growth, healing, and retention for women facing a variety of hair loss conditions.
What is PRP?
PRP is a powerful non-surgical treatment that uses components of a patient’s own blood to leverage the body’s natural healing abilities to fight hair loss. Its impacts are well documented, with 85% of patients seeing improvement in six months or less. Dr. Gray not only offers PRP as a standalone option but also includes this revolutionary treatment in every hair restoration surgery at HT&RC. PRP is also combined with ACell, an advanced wound-repair material, to accelerate healing and stimulate hair growth. If you’ve been looking for a resource for PRP, Dr. Gray can help you evaluate your potential, administer the treatment, and monitor your results.
PRP at HT&RC: Platelet Lysate (PL)
Believing not all PRP is created equal, the focus of Dr. Gray’s PRP treatments at the Hair Transplant & Restoration Center is obtaining the maximum amount of growth factors from platelets. Dr. Gray believes the higher the level of specific growth factors, the higher the response to hair growth. Based on cutting-edge data, Dr. Gray has updated all of his technology to maximize the growth factors found in platelets which involves using a top of the line centrifuge to achieve a high platelet count, but more importantly, incorporating sonication, which is traditionally mostly used in molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology labs. The PRP treatment HT&RC offers is like very few centers across the country.
Although PRP can be injected without prior activation most hair restoration physicians who use PRP activate the platelets artificially, and only a certain level of growth factors is released from the alpha granules in platelets. From the forms of artificial activation Dr. Gray has used in the past, and data available, one activation method did not really release a more considerable amount of growth factors than the other.
Sonication is an entirely different way to release growth factors which does not require any type of artificial "activation," AND also produces the same or if not higher initial growth factor levels. After the centrifuge has separated components of the blood, PRP goes through sonication, and high-intensity sound waves destroy the platelet membrane which releases high levels of growth factors from alpha-granules into the plasma. This process destroys platelets, so the product produced is no longer “platelet-rich-plasma.” Instead of PRP, what remains is called Platelet Lysate (PL) which has abundant independent growth factors, and PL is injected into the scalp.
Again, with the focus being on obtaining growth factors, there is an exponentially greater amount of growth factors (especially the larger growth factors like PDGF and VEGF) measured using sonication after the centrifuge.
Who is a good candidate for PRP/PL?
If you’re among the millions of American women affected by androgenetic alopecia or age-related thinning, PRP could be a promising solution for you. Since it leverages actively growing hair, it’s important to seek PRP treatment before miniaturization becomes advanced.
The best results can be expected by women whose hair loss can be classified as Type I or Type II (mild or moderate) on the Ludwig Scale.
Strategically Timed PRP/PL Treatments
Timing is critical in two ways – both the advancement of hair loss and the growth stage of the viable hair should be considered. You already know that PRP/PL should be administered as early in the progression of hair loss as possible. But the timing of individual treatments is more important than most women realize.
Across the industry, the timing of PRP/PL treatments varies widely. Thanks to his commitment to achieving the best possible results for his clients, Dr. Gray has isolated the ideal timing to maximize thickness and regrowth from PRP/PL. It’s all about the stages of the hair growth cycle! At any one time, the majority of the hairs on your scalp are in the anagen (active growth) stage, and those hairs are primed to receive the full benefit of PRP/PL. At the same time, a certain percentage of hairs are in the 2-to-3-month telogen (dormant) stage. Since they’re not actively growing, these strands of hair miss out on the impact of treatment. Dr. Gray has strategically synced PRP/PL treatments to the hair growth cycle so that any hairs in the telogen phase during one treatment will have shed and there will be new actively growing follicle by the next. By delivering three PRP/PL treatments every 6-8 weeks, Dr. Gray ensures that each and every viable hair on your head receives treatment during the anagen phase when it’s most receptive to PRP/PL.
PRP/PL in every hair transplant
One of the unique aspects of PRP/PL at the Hair Transplant & Restoration Center is Dr. Gray’s inclusion of it in every FUE and FUT hair transplant procedure. By using components of the patient’s own blood, he can concentrate the body’s healing potential precisely in the area where growth is needed. PRP/PL also helps protect hair follicles during harvesting and transplantation, so it improves the success rates of transplants. An under-appreciated benefit of combining PRP/PL with ACell treatment is that they can be used to promote hair growth and healing – in a transplant or independently. Thanks to improved healing, PRP/PL and ACell can bring as much benefit to an eyebrow transplant as to a transplant on the scalp!
What to expect during PRP/PL treatment
Through a quick and painless process, Dr. Gray creates a sample of plasma that is highly concentrated with platelets. Blood is extracted and spun in the centrifuge to isolate the platelets that promote growth. From there, the PRP is put into a sonicator, which breaks apart the platelets using high-intensity sound waves and releases very high levels of growth factors. You will be awake throughout the treatment, but the doctor will numb your scalp so that you don’t feel any pain. ACell is combined with the PRP/PL at the time of injection at which point Dr. Gray uses a tiny needle to inject the PRP/PL into areas of the scalp where hair growth is needed. There’s no recovery time. PRP/PL helps the injection sites to heal very quickly as well as Acell, an extracellular matrix with powerful skin-healing properties, which stimulates adult stem cells.
Things to be aware of:
● Please shampoo your hair and cleanse your scalp about 24 hours before treatment.
● Sewn-in or glued-on hairpieces should be removed before arrival.
● There is typically no downtime directly after therapy, as the PRP helps the injection sites heal very quickly. Your scalp might feel numb for a few hours, but you can promptly resume your usual hair care routine.
● Because of the small needle used, there are usually no visible signs of treatment on the scalp.
● Dr. Gray will use photographs to document the change in your hair and scalp as your hair grows.
● Although it doesn’t happen to every female, you should be aware that shedding may occur after a PRP/PL treatment. Initial shedding should resolve on its own, and is NOT permanent. How long shedding will last varies from person to person, but there should be more benefit in the run from high levels of growth factors in the PL treatment than any short-term shedding you may experience.
Are you ready to take action? The first step toward resolution is to find out whether you’re a good candidate for PRP/PL. PRP/PL gets its best results in the early stages of hair loss, so don’t wait. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Gray to find out whether PRP/PL or another medical hair loss solution can help resolve your hair loss problem.